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When our expectations are met and things go according to plan, we feel accomplished, in control, and on track. But when life does not live up to our expectations, we end up with an Expectation Hangover.
Expectation Hangovers happen when a desired result is not met, an outcome is achieved but it does not give us the feelings we thought it would, life throws us a curveball, or we simply do not feel we are living up to the expectations placed upon us (by ourselves or others). Expectations are pervasive in our lives; therefore, so is disappointment, which costs us valuable time and energy if not treated effectively.
Whether you are facing a loss, going through a life transition, or want to learn how to stop setting so many expectations, this book gives you a treatment plan for how to process Expectation Hangovers on the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual levels.
Using powerful exercises, guided meditations, and inspiring true stories, Christine teaches you how use Expectation Hangovers as catalysts for profound transformation and doorways that open to possibility. You’ll understand why your Expectation Hangover happened and a clear course of action to pursue your goals while preventing future disappointment.
Christine Hassler is looked to by readers of her books and blogs as an expert on how to navigate beliefs, eliminate anxiety and self-judgment, and engineer transformation and fulfillment. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Lissa Rankin, MD is the author of the New York Times bestseller Mind Over Medicine.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Lissa Rankin, MD Introduction What to Expect
Part One: Expectations
Chapter One: My Expectation Hangovers
Chapter Two: The Whats and Whys of Expectation Hangovers Expectation Hangover” Defined Why Expectation Hangovers Happen
Chapter Three: What Does Not Work Distraction Numbing the Pain Being Strong Pep Talks The Next Best Thing Spiritual Bypass
Chapter Four: Awareness and Acceptance The First Step out of Disappointment
Part Two: Treatment Plan
Chapter Five: A Holistic Prescription for Treating Your Expectation Hangover Role-Playing Rx
Chapter Six: The Emotional Level How We Suppress Emotions Role-Playing Rx: The Surfer But I’m Not Angry! The Power of Vulnerability Make a Date with Your Feelings Conclusion
Chapter Seven: The Mental Level Your Story Role-Playing Rx: The Horseback Rider Thought Time Travel Conclusion
Chapter Eight: The Behavioral Level Role-Playing Rx: The Scientist Compensatory Strategies Your Superpowers Avoidance Traps Your Core Values Conclusion
Chapter Nine: The Spiritual Level The Goal Line versus the Soul Line Your Spiritual Curriculum Role-Playing Rx: The Seeker Living Inside Out Surrendering to a Higher Power Lesson Quest Your Life Purpose Conclusion
Part Three: Prevention
Chapter Ten: Managing Your Expectations The Secret Sauce for Pursuing Goals
Chapter Eleven: Quick Fixes That Work Quick Fix 1: Stop People-Pleasing Quick Fix 2: Go Your Own Way Quick Fix 3: Don’t Go to a Chinese Restaurant for Nachos Quick Fix 4: Wake Up from Comparison Comas Quick Fix 5: Be of Service Quick Fix 6: Be a Kid Quick Fix 7: Gorge on Gratitude
Conclusion Acknowledgments Notes Index About the Author